In the last week, there was some discussion about whether OpenFlow for physical switches matters for the data center. If some are to believe OpenFlow control for hardware switches is not only a bad idea, but also against the interest of users as well as switch vendors. http://bit.ly/TWQyus If you feel confused, you are not alone. Over the past year, at Big Switch, we ... Read more

Over the last 20 years, generations of networking startups have been spawned to address the inherent shortcomings of L2 and L3 networking architectures. It’s not that Ethernet and TCP/IP are broken, rather that they were invented in a time (1960’s & 70s) when the demands on the network were dramatically less complex than today.  If you look back, you can see this trend very clearly.Fi... Read more

It's that time of year again - A chance to look back at what happened in 2012 and prognosticate a bit for 2013.2012 definitely will be rememebered as the year that defined Software-Defined Networking (SDN) from the ecosystem perspective as well as from the customer perspective.  Several SDN companies launched, including Big Switch Networks. The space even saw M&A with VMWare, Brocade, and... Read more

Today is a good day.It has been almost three years now since we first started sketching our plan for Big Switch Networks. It has been an incredible journey so far, and this is just the beginning.We set out to build a company based on the original vision of Stanford's Clean Slate Lab: a radically modern approach to networking based on a "3 tier" SDN architecture of data plane, controllers and SDN a... Read more

When Guido and Kyle were looking for a name for their newly founded company, they were struggling to come up with something that captured the breadth of their vision for what they foresaw as the future of the networking business.  They could have found another randomly-generated five or six letter Latin-sounding name, but that didn’t seem to do the vision or the company justice.IP networkin... Read more

Today, we announced the first closing on our B round — $25m of new capital, led by Satish Dharmaraj from Redpoint Ventures and joined by Goldman Sachs, our current venture investors (Mike Volpi at Index Ventures and Shirish Sathaye at Khosla Ventures) and our early angel investors.This was a proud day for everyone here at the company, not only because of the amount of capital raised and the high... Read more

Mike Cohen is Director of Strategic Alliances at Big Switch Networks and Sumit Naiksatam is a Member of the Technical Staff at Big Switch Networks and core developer on the Quantum projectMike: Having just returned from a crazy week at the OpenStack Summit in San Diego, Sumit and I wanted to share our reflections, observations, and learnings over the past several days. It was an amazing (and tirin... Read more

I'm here in Las Vegas at Interop 2012, just finishing my day "0" (the show floor hasn't even officially opened yet). I've already listened to half-a-day's worth of talks/workshops about Software-Defined Networking, OpenFlow, and real-world, production use cases from a variety of companies (including ours!).It's exciting to see how far Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow have come. Last ... Read more

The Open Networking Summit took place a week ago (April 16-18) in Santa Clara and showcased the tremendous progress the SDN and OpenFlow industry has made over the last few months. Several SDN users publicly talked about their implementations at this event including a couple of Big Switch Networks customers.Overwhelming attendanceThe previous event in October 2011 at Stanford was already superchar... Read more

We’ve heard many times before the myth that Software-Defined Networks and OpenFlow aren’t ready for prime-time. Late last year and earlier this year, we heard Cisco's thoughts on OpenFlow (including from a VP of Data Center Switching): “We don’t think it’s production-ready.”A couple of weeks ago, this myth was completely busted by Urs Hoelzle’s keynote at the Open Networking Summit (... Read more

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